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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: esther daniel <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 05:30:27 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Esther

>From Esther Daniel
Abidjan Cote d Iviore
Contact email address

I am Esther Daniel from Solomon Islands. I was married to Mr.Daniel
who was a contractor with the government of Cote D'Ivoire before he
died in the year 2004 after few days in the hospital. The doctor said his
death was as a result of food poison.We were married for so many years
without a child. Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his
death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home
which the Bible is against.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $3.5 Million
with A security company here in abidjan cote d ivoire. Presently this money
is still in the custody of the security company.

Recently, my Doctor told me that it is very likely i will not live
longdue to cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this
fund to a church,organization or good person that will utilize this money
the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want a church,organization or good person that will use this fund for
orphanages, widows and other people that need help and also propagating
the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.

The Bible made us to understand that"Blessed is the hand that giveth".
l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband relatives are not Christians not even good at all
because they are the one that responsible for the death of my husband in other
to have all my late husband's property and I don't want my husband's
efforts to be used by those that conspired for his death.

I don't want them to know about this development and l know that With
God all things are possible This is why I am taking this decision.Though it
was very painful to hear this kind of news from my doctor but I am not
afraid of death because I know where I am going. I knowthat I am going to be
in the bosom of the Lord.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
security company I will also issue a letter of authorization to the company that
will prove you the present beneficiary of this money.

I also want you, church or the organization to always pray for me
because the lord is my only shepherd.

My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that
Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please
always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay inyour reply will give me room in sourcing another goodperson, church,organization for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.

Hoping to receive your response immedaitely.
Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.
l remain yours sister in Christ,
Mrs Esther Daniel

Chiacchiera con i tuoi amici in tempo reale!*

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